Behind façade lies a heart of hostility, passion
place where you agree to having your memories stolen.
Two orphans hunt monsters in
and a woman kills a man with her shoe and grows wings in An unlikely couple set up a home in an abandoned zoo with guinea fowls and pigs in The three stories to take more unexpected twists and turns.
Synonyms for “intruders” are listed at the back of the collection’s cover: “trespassers, interlopers, invaders, prowlers, infiltrators, encroachers, violators” – the characters in Mashigo’s stories are all of these and more.
Intruders is story-telling at its most eclectic: Mashigo challenges us to be “fantastical” – as in “conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre; grotesque” – and “to remain true to ourselves.” The collection lives up to its promise. QUEEN Anne does not, at first glance, appear to be one of our more exciting monarchs.
The last of the Stuarts, she had 18 pregnancies with no surviving children, so it is small wonder that, in the words of her friend Sarah Churchill, she was prone to “gloominess of soul”.
But as – the book of the soon-to-be-released Oscartipped film starring Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz – reveals, the monarch’s morose exterior concealed a heart capable of fervent passion and implacable hostility.
Ophelia Field’s gripping biography of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, recounts the scandalous friendship between the queen and her favourite.
Sarah was a woman of exceptional charisma who married a military hero – John Churchill, whose grandiose pile, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, was his reward for victory at the Battle of Blenheim.
She rose to become a royal favourite, before her dramatic fall from grace.